Indonesian Kalossi by The Roasterie Review |
  • The Roasterie

    Kansas City, Missouri
  • Indonesian Kalossi

Roast: Medium Review Date: December 2003
Origin: Toraja (or Kalossi) growing region, southwestern Sulawesi (Celebes), Indonesia. Price: $11.95/12oz

Blind Assessment: Cinnamon, pumpkin, chocolate smeared on leather in the aroma. In the cup overripe, lush, half-rotting fruit and carnal melon tones eventually suggest chocolate, which sweetens and rounds in the long, surprisingly clean finish.

Notes: Kalossi is the older Dutch colonial name for the growing region the Indonesians now call Toraja, after the name of the colorful local tribal culture. Similar confusion prevails with the name of the huge, sprawling island -- previously Celebes, now Sulawesi -- of which the Toraja region occupies a part. By whatever name -- Celebes Kalossi, Sulawesi Toraja, Indonesian Kalossi -- the tribal coffee of this region is the most idiosyncratic of the world's origins, with peculiarities in fruit removal and drying contributing a variety of ambiguous flavor notes. The Roasterie is a leading, quality-oriented specialty roaster that emphasizes its commitment to "air roasting," a technology utilizing a column of hot air rather than the conventional turning drum to agitate the roasting beans. Visit or call 800-376-0245 for more info.

Who Should Drink It: Lovers of peaty single-malt scotches, cheeses that have ripened a little too long, the more extreme of blue cheeses.


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